Prof. Deepthi Wickramasinghe

Prof. Deepthi Wickramasinghe

Professor in Zoology

Head of the Department
Director, Career Guidance Unit
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences,
University of Colombo,
Colombo 03,
Sri Lanka.
Room: 109
Work Phone: +94112503399

Academic and Professional qualifications

Ph.D. in Conservation Biology 2004 – (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Dalhousie University, Canada)
M.Sc in Environmental Science 1997- (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
B.Sc (Hons.) in Environmental Science 1991 –  (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Co-Director, Career Guidance Unit, Faculty of Science (
Fellow, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka

      Academic and Professional Affiliations:

  • Institute of Biology (Sri Lanka) – President 2010
  • Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (Section D)
  • Indian Ocean Marine Affairs Corporation/ Our Nation and the Sea group
  • Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP), member of Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • Executive Secretary 2013-1016 (
  • Species Survival Commission/ Amphibian Specialist Group (IUCN)
  • Organization of Women Water Professionals (NetWwater) (Sri Lanka)
  • Asian University network on Environment and Disaster Management (AUEDM)
  • Digital Belt and Road Initiative for Disaster Management, Asia  (DBAR)


Teaching areas

Fundamentals and principles of environmental science and ecology, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Management with a special focus on pollution, Biodiversity conservation, Disaster risk management and reduction, Public policy and social movement


Research interests

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Herpetology, Wetland Ecology
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Pollution Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Biosecurity and Biosafety


Research Gate


Research Publications:

  • Wickramasinghe, D.D. and Ratnasooriya, W.D. (2000) Haematological parameters of four Sri Lankan small mammal species. Loris. Vol 22 (3): Pp 39-41
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D., Kotagama, S.W. and Wassersug, R.J. (2001) Preliminary studies on some biological and ecological aspects of the tadpole of the endemic frog Limnonectes kirtisinghei (Amphibia: Ranidae). Amphibia of Sri Lanka. Recent Research. Lyriocephalus. Vol 1 & 2. Pp 48-54
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D., Kotagama, S.W. and Wassersug, R.J. (2004)Larval biology and life history of the Sri Lankan Rock Frog Nannophrys ceylonensis. The Herpetology of Sri Lanka: Current Research. Hydrocephalus Special Issue, 5 (1 & 2): 55-63.
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D., Kotagama, S.W. and Wassersug, R.J. (2004)The terrestrial breeding biology of the ranid rock frog Nannophrys ceylonensis. Behaviour 141: 899-913.
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D., Kotagama, S.W. and Wassersug, R.J. (2005)Raising semi-terrestrial tadpoles of Nannophrys ceylonensis (Anura, Ranidae) in the laboratory. Herpetological Review, 36 (1): 23-26.
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D., Kotagama, S.W. and Wassersug, R.J. (2007)Ontogenetic Changes in Diet and Intestinal Morphology in Semi-Terrestrial Tadpoles of Nannophrys ceylonensis (Dicroglossidae). Copeia, 2007(4), Pp. 1012–1018
  • Patapendi, N., Wickramasinghe, D.D. and Karunarathne, S. (2009)“Study on the compost produced by compost bins and ecosan latrines and survey on knowledge attitudes and practices in usage of compost bins and ecosan latrines” The 3rd International Dry Toilet Conference.  Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. (full papers published on line)
  • Coorey, S.K., Piyadasa, R. and Wickramasinghe,  D.D. (2012)Spatial Variability of Soil Characteristics along A Landscape Gradient In Bellanwila-Attidiya Area. International Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment. Vol 2.Pp 23 – 29
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D. (2012) Managing menstrual hygiene in emergency situations: How far from reality? Full paper published in the proceedings of the South Asia Sanitation and Hygiene Workshop. Rajendrapur, Bangladesh. (Full paper published on line
  •  Priyadarshani, S., Madushani, W. A. N., Wickramasinghe, D.D., and Udagama, P. V.  (2012). Heavy metal pollution and burden of aquatic animal health: a pilot study from an urban wetland in Sri Lanka.  Proceedings of papers. First Young Water Professionals Symposium. Sri Lanka Water Partnership and International Water Management Institute. Pp 146-153.
  • Cooray, S., Wickramasinghe, D. D., and Piyadasa, R.U.K. (2012)Spatial Variability of Hydrogeological Characteristics in relation to Soil Characteristics along a Landscape Gradient in Bellanwila-Attidiya Area.Proceedings of papers. First Young Water Professionals Symposium. Sri Lanka Water Partnership and International Water Management Institute. Pp 176-183.
  • Wickramasinghe D.D., Abeygunawardena R., and Hettiarachchi M. (2012)Community structure of Zooplankton in two different habitats of Kotte, Kolonnawa Wetland, Sri Lanka.  International Journal of Environmental Sciences Volume 3, No 3, 2012. Pp 34-40
  • Gunasiri, C., Wewalwala,P.,  Piyadasa, R and Wickramasinghe, D.D.  (2013).The Influence Of Anthropogenic Activities On Soil Characteristics: A Case Study From Bellanwila-Attidiya Wetland. Full paper published in the Proceedings of the 1st National Soil Symposium. Ministry of Environment. Sri Lanka. Pp 23-29
  • Dayananda, K.S., and Wickramasinghe, D. D. (2014)Activity budget and perch characteristics of Pseudophilautus popularis (Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2005) (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae) during the breeding season.  Taprobanica. Vol 6 (11) Pp 7-11
  • Hettiarchchi, M., Morrison, T.H., Wickramsinghe, D.D., Mapa, R., De Alwis, A., and McAlpine, C. (2014) The Environmental History and Ecological Transformation of the Colombo (Sri Lanka) Urban Wetlands. International Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 139. Pp 55-68
  • Priyadarshani, S. Madushani, WAN, Uthpala A. Jayawardena, Deepthi Wickramasinghe, Preethi V Udagama. (2015) Heavy metal mediated immunomodulation of Euphlyctis hexadactylus (Anura:Ranidae) in urban wetlands. Ecotoxicology and Environmental safety.116.40-49.
  • Uthpala A. Jayawardena, Wanigasekara D Ratnasooriya, Deepthi Wickramasinghe, Preethi V Udagama (2016). Heavy metal mediated innate immune responses of the Indian green frog, Euphlyctis hexadactylus (Anura: Ranidae): Cellular profiles and associated Th1 skewed cytokine response. Science of the Total Environment. 566, 1194-1204.
  • Jinendri, JHU, Wickramsinghe, DD and Trikawala, S (2016). A cost effective mixture of rearing earthworms for local farmers in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Forestry, Agriculture and Plantations. Vol 2,  pp : 23-30.
  • Jayawardena, U. A., Angunawela, P., Wickramasinghe, D. D., Ratnasooriya, W. D. and Udagama, P. V. (2017), Heavy Metal Induced Toxicity In The Indian Green Frog: Biochemical And Histopathological Alterations. Environ Toxicol Chem. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/etc.3848
  • Udeshi, K. M. W., H. H. E. Jayaweera, D. D. Wickramasinghe, T. R. Ariyaratne (2017). Classification of Spatial Variability of Water Quality using Absorption and Fluorescence Spectra: A Case Study on Beira Lake. International Journal of Photonics and Optical Technology Vol. 3, Iss. 1, pp: 43-47
  • Lo, K.F.A., Koralegedara, S.B. and Wickramsinghe, D. (2017) Detecting climate change through rainfall pattern variation in Taipei and Colombo cities. International Journal of Development Research. Vol. 07, Issue, 05, pp.12838-12844.
    Book chapters:
  • Wickramsinghe, D.D. (2008) Contributor- Threatened Amphibians of the World. Edited by Stuart et al., Published by Lynx Edicions, in association with IUCN – The World Conservation Union, Conservation International and Nature Serve, Spain.
  • Wickramasinghe, D. D. (2009)“Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture: A Sri Lankan perspective” in Agriculture: Issues and Concerns. SMP Senanayake Felicitation Volume. Edited by Wimalaratana, W., University of Colombo. Sri Lanka.
  • Wickramasinghe, D. D. (2010)“Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Vulnerability in Sri Lanka” in Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management, Volume 5, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: An Asian Perspective, Edited by Shaw et al. Emerald House of Publishers. UK.
  • Wickramasinghe, D. D. (2012)“Impacts of heavy metal pollution on wetlands” in Impacts of Pollution on Species and Ecosystems. Edited by Wijesinghe, M. and Perera, IC. Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka. Pp 12-16
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D. (2013)“Indicator animal taxa- Frogs” in Biodiversity Indicators in Agricultural System: a Guide to Sustainable Farming. Supplementary booklet to the 33rd Annual Sessions, Sri Lanka. Pp 41-42
  • Wickramasinghe, D.D. (2014)“Ecotourism” in Students supplementary book on Science and Technology stream, Education Publication Department, Sri Lanka. Pp 12-22
  • Matharaarachchi S., Piyadasa R.U.K., Wikramasinghe D. (2016) Vulnerability of Ground Water Quality to Changing Climate: A Case Study from Kalpitiya Peninsula, Sri Lanka. In: Raju N. (eds) Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment. Springer, Cham. (Switzerland) DOI; Online ISBN 978-3-319-18663-4
  • Wickramsinghe, DD (2017) Regreening the coast: Community-based mangrove restauration and conservation in Sri Lanka.  Participatory Mangrove Management in a Changing Climate: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific. Edited by Shaw, R. and DasGupta, R. Springer Japan. Pp 161-171.
  • Wickramasinghe, D D and Senadheera, LL (2017). Science and Technology Plan for Sri Lanka. In Shaw R., Lu L., Lian F. : Science Technology Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction: Asian Perspectives, ICSU and IRDR, Beijing, China, 60 pages.


On-going Research Projects

Study of Herpetofaunal diversity along a  landscape gradient  in the Horton Plains, Sri Lanka. (Ph.D project)

Evaluation of sea level rise and its impacts on the North Western Coast of Sri Lanka (M.Phil Project)

Development of an in-situ portable optical chlorophyll detector  for pollution monitoring (M.Phil Project)

Investigation of Water Foot Print of paddy cultivation in the Intermediate Zone of Sri Lanka. (Ph.D project)

Characterization of urban wetlands with a sepcial focus on stressors, indicators and anthropogenic threats